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Website reveals scenes of all theme park ride deaths

by | 25th, October 2012

WANT to know which theme parks are most likely to bring about your sudden death? No? It kind of kills the thrill, doesn’t it, knowing that the ride might result in your demise. The website  www.rideaccidents.com  has answers.

My most terrifying ride was at Rhyl’s now passed Ocean Beach fun fair. The bar on the roller coaster popped up not long into the ride and the girl sitting next to me gamely hung onto my jacket as I teetered over the cart’s edge. It was horrific.

This website tell us:

Welcome to the world’s most comprehensive source of amusement ride accident reports and related news. RideAccidents.com is for nonprofit research and educational purposes only. The site has no affiliation with any government agencies, amusement industry organizations, or consumer advocacy groups. Visitors to this site include amusement ride inspectors, operators, supervisors, and maintenance workers whose tasks include accident prevention. For these visitors, and for all visitors associated with the amusement industry, this site is intended to serve as a resource that helps identify circumstances that have either caused or contributed to accidents so that similar circumstances may be avoided. To all visitors, the information at this site is openly reported with the purpose of bringing awareness to the risks associated with amusement rides — an awareness that will translate into a safety-conscious respect for rides and a greater willingness to follow instructions, procedures and warnings.

If that does not put you off riding roller coasters and often shoddy theme park rides, these stories selected from many might:

Wednesday, July 9, 1980 A 26-year-old male was killed at an amusement park in Missouri when the ride operator of a roller coaster mistakenly assumed that the train in which the victim was riding was empty, and switched the track to direct the train into a service area. The area in which the service track ran through was of low clearance, and the victim’s head got jammed between the back of his seat and an overhead wooden beam

Sunday, April 3, 1983 A 13-year-old girl was fatally injured while riding the Black Witch roller coaster at Magic Harbor Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was ejected from her seat, over the front of the car, and thrown 30 feet into a guardrail. The roller coaster was also known as the Galaxy.

Saturday, July 28, 1984 At the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, North Dakota, a 9-year-old boy was killed after he fell 30 feet from a looping roller coaster ride. The child sustained multiple injuries, including massive head injuries. The boy fell out of his car when it approached an incline immediately after the looping section of track. It was later concluded that the operator failed to properly secure the boy with the ride’s safety device.

February 24, 2012  At Hopi Hari theme park in São Paulo, Brazil, a 14-year-old girl was killed after falling 80-90 feet from a drop tower named “La Tour Eiffel.”
“La Tour Eiffel” features cars which are hoisted to the top of a 224-foot tall tower and then drop 129

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